Telia and Ericsson Switch On Estonia’s First Commercial 5G Network
5G is switched on in the center of the three largest cities in Estonia: Tallinn, Tartu, and Pärnu and before the end of the year a total of 20 sites will be up and running. Using the Ericsson Spectrum Sharing solution, Telia is able to launch 5G on existing spectrum, boosted by LTE and New Radio units using 5G hardware produced in Estonia.
Following the auction of the related spectrum by the Estonian government beginning of next year, Telia aims to enhance and expand its low-band 5G commercial services with additional nationwide 5G coverage, including mid- and high-bands. Looking towards 2021, Telia will expand the coverage of its 5G network and bring this technology to all of Estonia.
“Although the state has yet to issue 5G frequency licenses within the 3.5 GHz frequency range, Ericsson’s 5G technology enables us to take advantage of frequencies already in use. We are using the Ericsson Spectrum Sharing solution, which enables us to go live with 5G services already today,” said Robert Pajos, CEO of Telia Estonia.
“We are excited to enable Telia’s launch of 5G in Estonia. 5G will serve both consumers and enterprises taking the digitalization and sustainable development to the next level, where superior connectivity is a prerequisite. Given that the 5G equipment we deploy also is produced in Estonia makes this moment even more special,” said Jenny Lindqvist, Head of Ericsson Northern and Central Europe.